TORONTO – A decision by Canadian military investigators to shut down a probe into allegations that recruits were stripped and tortured during exercises decades ago will now come under independent scrutiny, the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada announced Thursday.In a detailed written explanation, the chairwoman of the commission, Hilary McCormack, said the “public interest” investigation will determine whether the matter was properly handled and whether improper considerations influenced the decision to close the case.“It is in the public interest for the allegations in this complaint to be investigated in an open and transparent manner,” McCormack said. “The allegations in this complaint are serious and raise issues that can impact on confidence in the military police and its independence.”It was not immediately clear how much of the original torture allegations will be aired in the commission’s review.The complaint about the investigation was made in December 2016 by Jeffrey Beamish, a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces.Beamish had initially alleged he was “tortured” during exercises at the infantry battle school at CFB Wainwright, Alta., between October 1983 and March 1984. He alleged others among the 33 recruits were also tortured during a prisoner-of-war scenario in which they were stripped and placed in cells too small to sit down in.“The complaint alleges that over the following 24 to 48 hours, the naked recruits were sprayed through the jail door bars with cold water from a hose while the windows were left open, letting in the outside air,” McCormack said. “It is alleged that the temperature outside was between -15°C and -30°C. As the recruits did not have access to bathrooms, they had to urinate on the floor.”Beamish said the experience left him with major depressive disorder, PTSD, night terrors, paranoia and adjustment issues. He went to military police, and they turned the matter over to their investigative arm — the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.In August 2016, the lead investigator called Beamish to advise him the investigation was closed, according to McCormack. Beamish maintains he was told among other things that the courts would not punish anyone for what occurred, and that “torture” wasn’t an offence under the Criminal Code at the time of the original events. Beamish also said he was given nothing in writing and that the investigator confirmed he had not actually reviewed the file.His complaint alleges “professional negligence, incompetence, and failing to investigate serious criminal allegations.”McCormack said a professional standards investigation decided in September his complaint was unsubstantiated. Among reasons given was the initial investigator’s experience and quality of his work, but it did fault his communication skills.Beamish then turned to the military police complaints commission. After reviewing the available materials, McCormack said she decided to exercise her discretion and call for a proper review. While expressing no view on the merits of the complaint, McCormack called it important to decide whether “improper considerations” influenced the decision to close the initial investigation.The gravity of what Beamish initially alleged is “indisputable,” she said.“They involve an allegation of torture, a very serious offence, and they are also alleged to have been the result of institutional conduct by a CAF Battle School chain of command and/or persons occupying positions of power or leadership in the CAF,” McCormack said.The possibility that military police were declining to investigate serious allegations against the military brass could give rise to a perception of a lack of independence and “discourage” other complainants from coming forward, she said.As a result, she said, it would be in the public interest for the commission to conduct its own investigation and would now start that process.
The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.As he prepared to travel to Canada, he ramped up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices.Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging U.S. customers astronomical tariffs on dairy products.“They didn’t tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!,” his Twitter feed states.The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night — including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being “indignant.”In today’s postings, Trump says he is heading to Canada for G7 talks that will mostly centre on the longtime, unfair trade practices aimed at the United States.“Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!,” he states.Trump’s comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks.Trudeau addressed the president’s Twitter blasts while visiting Quebec’s Saguenay region on Thursday.“I’ve been firm, I’ve been clear, but I don’t think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world,” the prime minister said.Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country’s supply management system.Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the U.S. imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on U.S. metals and other consumer goods.Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.He has called Trump’s imposition of the tariffs “irresponsible” and “insulting” because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.“We will continue to demonstrate that we’re interested in defending Canadian interests and, on top of that, it turns out I’m defending American interests because these tariffs they’re putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well,” Trudeau said Thursday.“So, if I can get the president to actually realize that what he’s doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, then perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way.”— with files from Associated Press Just hours after issuing a series of aggressive messages about global trade and Canadian dairy practices, Donald Trump has arrived in Quebec to attend some of the G7 summit — his first visit to Canada as U.S. president.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the world’s most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec’s Charlevoix region.For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to international relations.He is not expected to stay till the end of the summit.He will miss the final session on climate change on Saturday and instead fly directly from Charlevoix to Singapore to meet the leader of North Korea in a much-anticipated summit.Trudeau has said the Quebec summit offers the G7 leaders an opportunity to find solutions to their many differences.But Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia’s reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago.“Why are we having a meeting without Russia in the meeting?” Trump said at the White House just before departing.“They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major international security concern.
MONTREAL – Eric Racine, head of a school board east of Montreal, says it’s rarely obvious to educators which students will give up on school.So in a province that has some of the worst high school dropout rates in the country, his board has enlisted a computer algorithm to help pinpoint students at risk.Along with data specialists at accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the Val-des-Cerfs school board in Quebec’s Eastern Townships last year developed a computer calculation that has proven remarkably accurate.Racine says the new measure can find students in Grade 6 who are at significant risk of dropping out of school three years later — with 92 per cent accuracy.Many students quit school without teachers ever having considered them to be high-risk, he said.“A student would have a 75 per cent final grade one year, then 72 per cent the next year, followed by 69 per cent — they pass every year,” Racine said in an interview.“But the trajectory is downwards — and it’s these students who we realized were vulnerable.”In order to develop the profile of an at-risk student, the Val-des-Cerfs board and the accounting firm analysed more than 300 data points collected on 60,000 students since 2002.The data included academic results as well as statistics related to financial aid, absenteeism, disciplinary measures and frequent changes in home address.Looking at all students at the end of Grade 6, the model correctly identified 92 per cent of those who would drop out in Grade 9.At the end of the 2017-18 school year, the model identified about 90 students going into Grade 7 this fall considered in danger of dropping out. The factors placing each student at risk were sent to individual schools so they could develop strategies to help the children.The program cost the school board $20,000 to develop, Racine said. It runs on open-source software.Quebec’s Education Department has taken notice.Racine presented his initiative to administrators at the Education Department Tuesday. He said they were “very interested” in developing the program further to see if it can be used across the province.Representatives from Quebec’s Education Department did not immediately return a request for comment.Despite advances in education since the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s, Quebec still has the lowest high school graduation rates in the country.An April 2018 report by the Institut du Quebec — a research group formed by the Conference Board of Canada and HEC Montreal business school — found just 64 per cent of Quebec high school students graduate after five years. That is 13 percentage point below the national average and 20 points below the top performers — Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.The gap is more pronounced among boys. In Quebec, 57 per cent of boys graduate within five years, compared with 82 per cent in Ontario.Roch Chouinard, an education professor at Universite de Montreal, says graduation outcomes are not easily compared between provinces because of differences in their education systems.In Quebec, for instance, primary school is six years and high school is five years, while in Ontario primary school is eight years with four years of high school.“It’s a little like comparing apples and oranges,” he said.But Chouinard is interested in the Val-des-Cerfs model if it can help students at risk.“Students don’t wake up and decide to leave school,” he said. “It’s a process. The best prevention consists of closely following students. The (algorithm) is interesting because it can allow schools to identify kids early, and to act prompting to address issues.”
Six stories in the news for Wednesday, Nov. 7———FEDS TO APOLOGIZE FOR HOLOCAUST INCIDENTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will issue an official government apology today for what he will call the country’s moral failure when Canada closed its doors to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. The apology is months in the making and will focus on the decision by the government of William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1939 to reject an asylum request from more than 900 German Jews aboard an ocean liner that was nearing Halifax. Instead, the MS St. Louis returned to Germany and the passengers scattered in Europe. More than 250 of them died in the Holocaust.———CLEMENT QUITS SHADOW CABINET AFTER SHARING EXPLICIT IMAGESLongtime MP Tony Clement has resigned from the Conservative shadow cabinet after he shared explicit sexual images and a video of himself electronically. Clement says the images were sent in the last three weeks and he believed they were going to a “consenting female.” However, he now says the person was trying to extort him and he has asked the RCMP to investigate. “I recognize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have exercised very poor judgment,” Clement said in a statement Tuesday.———PLAQUE SALUTES MP AND VET WHO DIED BY SUICIDEA First-World War veteran who also sat as an MP will be remembered in the foyer outside the House of Commons. A bronze plaque bearing Lt.-Col. Samuel Sharpe’s likeness is to be unveiled during a ceremony on Parliament Hill today, the latest sign of the country’s changing attitude toward the psychological harm that Canadian soldiers have suffered from war for generations. Sharpe took his own life after returning from the war. The Royal Canadian Legion last week took the unprecedented step of naming the mother of the first soldier to die by suicide after serving in Afghanistan as this year’s Silver Cross Mother.———SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED ON HALIFAX CFL BIDThe group aiming to bring a Canadian Football League team to Halifax is expected to make a “special announcement” today. A media advisory says Maritime Football Limited Partnership and CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie will make the announcement at Saint Mary’s University at 1 p.m. The group, made up of former Arizona Coyotes co-owners Anthony LeBlanc and Gary Drummond and AMJ Campbell Van Lines president Bruce Bowser, is looking to secure a conditional expansion franchise to begin play in Halifax in 2021.———PAROLE HEARING TODAY FOR DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED 4A parole hearing is scheduled today for a drunk driver who killed three young children and their grandfather in crash north of Toronto three years ago. Marco Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm. The September 2015 crash in Vaughan, Ont., claimed the lives of nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville.———SICK INMATES CALL FOR INTERCOMS IN JAIL CELLSInmates with chronic health issues at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility are raising concerns about the lack of intercom systems to alert correctional officers if they face a life-threatening situation in their cells. David Wade Smith, 43, and Chase Marinoff, 20, are inmates at the Halifax facility who have chronic health conditions and say they should have access to an emergency system if they fall ill. The issue of a lack of intercoms has come up in connection with the 2014 death of Clayton Cromwell, a 23-year-old inmate who died in his cell of a methadone overdose.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Matthew Vincent Raymond, accused of killing four people including two Fredericton police officers, is due back in court. The judge is to decide whether to appoint a new defence lawyer.— The RCMP is holding an on-the-record technical briefing regarding CRA phone scams and call centres in India.— The BC Coroners Service will hold a public inquest into the death of 26-year-old Abdi Gani Mahamud Hirsi, who died after a police-involved shooting in Vancouver in 2015.— The Edmonton Police Commission is scheduled to announce the city’s next police chief.
MONTREAL — Quebec liquor board employees say they’ve reached an agreement in principle with their employer.The union representing the employees announced the news at about 8 a.m. on Saturday morning and it was quickly confirmed by the Crown corporation.A spokeswoman for the union declined to comment on the agreement, which has not yet been ratified by the 5,500 members.Employees have held ten different strike days since mid-July.The one-day strikes forced the temporary closure of many of the province’s liquor stores, although some remained open and staffed by management.The employees have been without a contract since March 2017.The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — The blob is back — but this time, it looks a little more like a wedge.Scientists are keeping a close eye on a thin blanket of warm water off the West Coast for about three months, saying it resembles a marine heat wave nicknamed “the blob” that disrupted marine life between 2014 and 2016.“If it is the same, then it’s very concerning for marine mammals that depend on fish, for seabirds that depend on fish, but also for ocean productivity,” said Andrew Trites, the director of the marine mammal research unit at the University of British Columbia.The heat wave — which resembles a wedge, stretching from the south of Vancouver Island to Baja, Calif., and offshore towards Hawaii — has raised temperatures about three to four degrees Celsius higher than the normal longterm average for those parts of the ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“You put on a sweater, you take off a coat,” Trites said. “But for a marine life it’s a big deal. In the ocean it’s a big deal.”NOAA research scientist Nate Mantua noted that this year’s wedge is at this point less severe than the blob of 2014 to 2016, because it’s only been around for a few months.Three to five years ago, the warm water penetrated to depths of 200 to 300 metres, while right now it’s mostly between 30 and 50 metres, he said.“It’s a blanket over the ocean and that means it could go away pretty quickly if the winds start blowing in a normal way,” Mantua said. “That usually happens at this time of the year as we transition into fall.”So far, the warm expanse has been held offshore by cold water welling from the ocean depths, he said.“A lot of marine life that we interact with and we see is concentrated closer to shore in the most productive waters of the northeast Pacific,” he said. “Because it’s offshore its mostly affecting those less productive waters.” But in addition to being able to dissipate the wedge, winds also have the power to make the heat wave worse.“Winds have a direct impact on the way heat is exchanged,” he said.And Mantua said California may already be seeing some of the effects from the warmer waters: NOAA’s surveys have recently noted higher concentration of anchovies — and the big predators that feed on them — close to shore waters.There’s also been indications that some fish stocks have changed their distribution, he added.Hina Alam, The Canadian Press
EDMONTON – (CityNews) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was noticeably absent from the first leader’s debate, drumming up Liberal support in Alberta.Inside the Arts Barns building on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, one man was asked to leave very early as he heckled Trudeau. He left without incident.A man who was heckling Trudeau was just asked to leave #cndpoli #yeg pic.twitter.com/qyx2fIrnU5— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) September 12, 2019At the rally, Trudeau said the rest of the country won’t forget Alberta as it goes through tough economic times due to drops in oil prices.“I’ve made a point of coming to Alberta, and to Edmonton, many, many times since I became prime minister because this province, its people, matter,” he said, promising that a Liberal government “will always have your back.”Trudeau’s rally started late, ensuring that it would overlap with the start of the Maclean’s/Citytv leaders debate, where a podium remained open for him.After an event promoting the Conservative pledge to cut taxes on parental-leave benefits, Scheer said he wasn’t surprised Trudeau would be a no-show at the debate, given the recent Globe and Mail reports that have thrust the SNC-Lavalin affair back into the headlines. But the Liberal leader is also gun-shy when it comes to talking about Canada’s place in the world, he added.“I note that this evening, a part of the debate will be focused on foreign affairs,” said Scheer. “And if there’s one area where Justin Trudeau’s failures have been so visible to Canadians, so evident that Canadians can immediately understand, it’s on the subject of foreign affairs.”Singh said he was disappointed Trudeau had decided to skip the event, as Canadians expect him to show up and defend his record.Even before they took to the stage, with its empty spot for Trudeau, opposition leaders were accusing the Liberal leader of dodging the debate because he’s afraid to run on his record.READ MORE: Trudeau won’t take part in Citytv, Maclean’s Leaders’ debate: Liberal partyEarlier in the day, Trudeau stuck by his decision to participate only in two official debates next month and a third in French hosted by TVA. And he suggested he’d prefer to be on the campaign trail in B.C. and Alberta anyway.“The opportunity to get out across this country, speak with Canadians, listen to them, and talk about how we are going to build a better future for everyone and how we’re going to choose a better future for everyone is at the core of what this election is all about for me,” he said in Victoria, where he announced an expansion of a program to help first-time homebuyers.“I’m going to keep doing that.”There was a large crowd inside the venue and only a few protestors held signs outside.Climate activists have also showed up #YEG #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/4zO8pRQAZH— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) September 12, 2019— With files from The Canadian Press.
WINNIPEG — The federal government says some provincial flu vaccination programs may have to set back their timing this year due to delays and shortages.With flu season set to start, the Public Health Agency of Canada says about 55 per cent of the total flu vaccine order is currently available to distribute across the country.The agency says it aims to have 90 per cent of the supply by the end of the month.Manitoba’s Health Department has notified health-care providers that the delays may affect the number of flu shots available, and the department is delaying some advertisements that promote the vaccine.Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the province is working to ensure nursing homes and other high-priority areas get the vaccine.Friesen says the delay this year is due to manufacturers of the vaccine experiencing shortages.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Press
Before his passing in 2011, legendary E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Little Kids Rock, a leading nonprofit provider of free musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged public school students across the United States. In an effort to honor his legacy and continue supporting the charity, The Jean Shop has been selling leather “Big Man” bracelets online, raising more than $12,500 this summer.The funds will allow Little Kids Rock to serve at least 750 new children with free instrumental music lessons this school year.“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Mr. Clemons’ fans,” says David Wish, Little Kids Rock’s founder and executive director. “It is a privilege to be able to honor the ‘Big Man’s’ legacy each year while also providing music education to our nation’s disadvantaged youth. Adding his fans’ support to that equation makes it all the more special.”Little Kids Rock honors Clemons annually at its Right to Rock Celebration by presenting the “Big Man of the Year Award” to an artist who embodies the values of generosity and service that reflect the “Big Man’s” legacy and Little Kids Rock’s ideals.Last year, his E Street bandmate Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen introduced Clemons’ wife Victoria, who presented the award to Lady Gaga. The pop star’s presence was a complete surprise to the crowd of more than 300 guests and donors.This year, Little Kids Rock will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom in New York City at its fourth annual Right to Rock Celebration on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The “Big Man of the Year” has not yet been announced, but that has not stopped fans from going online to show their support by purchasing a bracelet. The bracelets bring fans closer to their departed hero, who wore one throughout the promotion of his book, “Big Man, Real Life & Tall Tales.”Proceeds from the bracelet sales and the Right to Rock Celebration will go toward providing free instruments, curriculum and lessons to thousands of students in disadvantaged public school districts nationwide that have seen their music programming decimated due to budget cuts.“More than 50 percent of kids who play an instrument go on to college, yet music education programs at the inner city public schools who need them most continue to be hit hard with budget cuts,” Clemons once noted. “Little Kids Rock has responded to this problem in a really big way and made a positive impact on the lives of literally thousands of low-income students who wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity. I strongly encourage those who are in a position to do so to support their cause and spread the word about this inspirational program.”Buy your Big Man bracelet while supplies last at littlekidsrock.org/bigmanbracelet.Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Right to Rock Celebration are still available, and include dinner, drinks, souvenirs and corporate brand placement. Reserve your seats today at littlekidsrock.org/RTR-Signup.Source:PR Newswire
Brad Paisley joined President Obama for a surprise trip to Afghanistan in the weekend to thank American troops and civilians stationed at Bagram Air Base for their service.Brad Paisley Performs In AfghanistanCredit/Copyright: Pete Souza, The White House via BradPaisley.comBrad played an hour-long acoustic set for the 3000 people at Bagram, before President Obama gave his address to the troops.“Tomorrow is Memorial Day,” said Obama. “At bases here in Afghanistan and towns across America, we will pause and we’ll pay tribute to all those who’ve laid down their lives for our freedom. And that includes nearly 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, that last, full measure of devotion, right here in Afghanistan. I know you’ve stood in front of those battle crosses. I know many of you carry the memories of your fallen comrades in your heart today. We will honor every single one of them — not just tomorrow, but forever.“I thank you as your Commander-in-Chief because you inspire me. Your willingness to serve, to step forward at a time of war, and say ‘send me,’ is the reason the United States stays strong and free. Of all the honors that I have serving as President, nothing matches serving as your Commander-in-Chief.”Read the full speech here.
The Children’s Health Fund will hold its annual benefit on June 1, hosted by CHF co-founder Irwin Redlener, MD.Fellow co-founder Paul Simon will be unable to attend this year, but the event will feature a special appearance by Julianne Moore, and a performance by Moe.The event will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Cocktails and dinner at 6pm, awards presentation and performance at 8pm. A Dessert Reception will follow the performance.Find out more here.Editor: This article was updated on 8th May to reflect Paul Simon’s non-attendance. It previously stated that he would co-host the event.
24 will celebrate its 15th birthday in a few weeks, and Fox’s action thriller series has certainly existed in many forms in that time. The series, told in real time and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer, ran for eight proper seasons on Fox, on top of a TV movie (24: Redemption) and a one-season revival series (24: Live Another Day) in 2014. The franchise will return next year with a reboot called 24: Legacy.Sutherland and Jack Bauer are not scheduled to be an on-screen part of 24: Legacy, as Corey Hawkins will play the lead in the new series, while Sutherland has a new network show of his own – ABC’s Designated Survivor, which stars the actor as a low-level cabinet member who becomes president of the United States after the rest of the line of succession is wiped out in a terrorist attack. The question remains as to whether we’ll ever see Sutherland as Jack Bauer again, and the actor addressed the issue in a new interview. Speaking with Adweek this week on the occasion of the new show, Sutherland said that he would only ever bring back Jack Bauer for a movie. And while he’s an executive producer of 24: Legacy and occasionally consults with the creators, there are no plans for him to make an appearance as Bauer on that show. “I know never to say that.” Sutherland explained. “It doesn’t mean that we can’t make the [long-in-the-works 24] film… It’s a character that I love until the day I die.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Canadian journalists and free speech advocates are calling on the Trudeau government to take steps to protect press freedom in Canada.The call follows recent revelations that ten Québec journalists were under police surveillance in order to ascertain their sources, and the ongoing case of VICE News journalist Ben Makuch, who in 2014 was served with an RCMP production order to obtain his KiK messenger chat logs with a suspected ISIS member. The case is up for appeal in February of 2017.“Source protection is crucial to our ability to do our jobs as journalists. It’s a fundamental tool of the trade that allows us to dig deep and hold the powerful accountable,” said Makuch. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Mine is just one of many recent cases of the growing erosion of press freedom here in Canada. I’ve covered oppressive regimes across the world and the last opposition I thought I’d face in my ability to do my job would be here at home in Canada.”Makuch was joined by journalist and press freedom advocate Mohamed Fahmy who appealed directly to Prime Minister Trudeau to take action on this important issue.“A report issued in September 2016 by Reporters Without Borders states that Canada dropped 10 spots on 2016 world press freedom index after the “dark age for journalism” during Mr. Stephen Harper’s tenure,” said Fahmy.“Prime Minister Trudeau you stood beside me during my wrongful imprisonment and championed the cause of press freedom. I have faith that you will do the same for fellow journalists facing similar threats to press freedom in Canada. The world views Canada as the pillar of democracy so let’s keep it this way.”La Presse Journalist Patrick Lagacé, who it was recently revealed was one of the ten Québec journalists under surveillance, made a similar appeal to the government.“It was a shock for me to find out a couple of weeks ago that my phone was being surveilled by the Montreal police all in an effort to find out who my sources are”, said Lagacé.“My Province seems to be taking this issue seriously, I hope the Federal government will also take a leading role. Our Prime minister has famously said during the last election campaign that journalists are to be respected in this country: now is the time to go beyond words and take action.”Tom Henheffer of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression laid out his organization’s specific legislative asks of the government.“This is a watershed moment, and one where Canada has the potential to be a global leader, or to further cripple the free press in our country,” said Henheffer.“We call on the government to make several changes to protect press freedom and free expression in Canada. They include, passing press shield laws, repealing the dangerous surveillance provisions contained in bill C-13 and ensuring that Federal and Provincial governments require any warrant for surveillance of journalists be requested by prosecutors, as opposed to police, and approved by judges, as opposed to justices of the peace”.The group also revealed two hard-hitting television and social media promos supporting the http://protectpressfreedom.ca campaign launched in October of this year.The promos, which feature Mohamed Fahmy and Patrick Lagacé, will run on VICE Canada’s digital and Television platforms in the coming days.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook READ MORE This week, the chorus of industry voices calling for a “Netflix tax” has grown louder as over 100 members of the Quebec entertainment industry called for the government to require “foreign giants” like Netflix to collect and pay sales tax on their services in the province.It’s increasingly clear, however, that there’s confusion in the public sphere about what exactly a “Netflix tax” entails. It’s important for everyone in the industry to be specific in what they are asking of the government, because “Netflix tax,” has been used to signify at least three different revenue instruments, each with its own quandaries to consider.To help clear the air, so to speak, here’s a breakdown of each tax being discussed and what each of them potentially means …
Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Showrunner Bruce Miller talks with THR about how season two of the award-winning Hulu drama will continue to explore parallels with Trump, the Time’s Up movement and more: “You can’t avoid the influence.”Its meteoric cultural impact is but one of the many reasons why Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale became an award-winning lightning rod of a television series. And the streaming service, which recently topped 17 million subscribers, hopes that the Elisabeth Moss starrer from showrunner Bruce Miller continues to be as culturally relevant in April as its first season was when it was filmed before Donald Trump was elected president. Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, with the adaptation first bowing on Hulu in April 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale centers on Offred (Moss), formerly known as June, and formerly in control of her own life. That all changed when religious zealots forcefully seized control over the United State of America and turned it into the dystopian nation of Gilead, a world in which men wield absolute power over women, many of whom now serve as “handmaids,” tasked with reproduction in an increasingly sterile society. Advertisement THE HANDMAID’S TALE — The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.(Photo by: Take Five/Hulu) Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Released in the months following Trump’s election, and in the midst of a rising tide of activism against systemic misogyny, The Handmaid’s Tale arrived with painfully relevant cultural impact, with the now-iconic uniform of the handmaids worn worldwide at protests, just as one example of the show’s widely felt significance. “It’s a costume that people have taken beyond the show and out into the real world,” Miller tells The Hollywood Reporter about how The Handmaid’s Tale has transcended television to become part of a global conversation. “It’s amazing.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO (May 26, 2018) – CTV News and Bell Media Radio were honoured for outstanding achievements in electronic and digital journalism at the 2018 RTDNA National Conference Gala, held this evening in Toronto. Bell Media won a total of 15 awards at this evening’s event, bringing the tally of 2018 National and Regional RTDNA awards to 44.Among the many highlights, CTV Vancouver Island’s CTV NEWS AT SIX was recognized with the Bert Cannings Award for Best Small/Medium Market Television Newscast. CTV Regina’s INDIGENOUS CIRCLE won the Trina McQueen Award for Best National Television News Information Program. Canada’s most-watched documentary series, W5, took home the Trina McQueen Award for Best Network Television News Information Program, as well as the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award for the story “Electric Pow Wow.”CTV News was also honoured with two Charlie Edwards Awards for breaking news coverage: CTV News Channel for their coverage of the Québec City mosque shooting, and CTV Vancouver for their coverage of the B.C. forest fires. Advertisement “It is a tremendous honour to be recognized by the RTDNA for our ongoing commitment to excellence in journalism,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “My biggest congratulations to all of our journalists for the skill and dedication they display each and every day, keeping Canadians informed with trusted, credible reporting on all platforms.”The RTDNA also presented Bell Media journalists with a variety of top individual honours. The RTDNA’s prestigious President’s Award was presented to W5 Host and Managing Editor Kevin Newman for his accomplishments in bringing recognition and distinction to the field of electronic and digital journalism. CTV NATIONAL NEWS Weekend Anchor and W5 Reporter Sandie Rinaldo was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary service and continued excellence during the course of her career in journalism. NEWSTALK 1010 News Director Kym Geddes was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the continuing success of RTDNA Canada.In radio, Montréal’s CJAD 800 won the Sam Ross Award for Best Opinion and Commentary. In sports, TSN took home two network awards for Feature Sports Reporting and Live Special Events.The following is a summary of Bell Media’s 2018 RTDNA Canada awards, including awards that were given out at the annual gala this evening:National and Network Awards (Awarded May 26, 2018 in Toronto)National TelevisionHugh Haugland Award – Excellence in VideoCTV Ottawa: Sweet Canadiana, The Untold Story of Oscar Peterson’s World Famous “Canadiana Suite”Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Small/Medium Market)CTV Regina: Harvesting Hope: The Brothers of the BursaryTrina McQueen Award – Best Television News Information ProgramCTV Regina: INDIGENOUS CIRCLECharlie Edwards Award – Breaking NewsCTV Vancouver: B.C. Forest FiresGord Sinclair Award – News-Live Special EventsCTV Vancouver: Election 2017Bert Cannings Award – Best Television Newscast (Small/Medium Market)CTV Vancouver Island – CTV NEWS AT SIXFeature Sports Reporting AwardCTV Edmonton: Ryder SoccerNetwork TelevisionSam Ross Award – Opinion and CommentaryCTV News: Power of the PeopleDave Rogers Award – Short FeatureCTV News: James Sydney Battis at Vimy RidgeCharlie Edwards Award – Breaking NewsCTV News Channel: Québec City Mosque ShootingAdrienne Clarkson Award – DiversityW5: “Electric Pow Wow”Trina McQueen Award – Best Television News Information ProgramW5: “Jet Lagged,” “Mesh Misery”Feature Sports Reporting AwardTSN: Sound of ThunderSports: Live Special Events AwardTSN: 2017 Grey CupNational RadioSam Ross Award – Opinion and CommentaryCJAD 800: Andrew Let’s Talk StoryRegional Awards: Central Region (Awarded April 22, 2018, Toronto)Byron MacGregor Award – Radio Newscast (Small/Medium Market)AM800 CKLW: News, Major FloodingSam Ross Award – Opinion and CommentaryNews Talk Radio, CJAD 800: Andrew Let’s Talk StoryDave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Large Market)NEWSTALK1010: Debating Armed Cops in SchoolsCharlie Edwards Award – Breaking NewsCP24: BNR FireRon Laidlaw Award – Continuing CoverageCTV Montréal: Over the Line: Life Through the Eyes of Asylum SeekersDave Rogers Award – Long Feature (Small/Medium Market)CTV Northern Ontario: Life After the MilitaryDave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Small/Medium Market)CTV Windsor: Taking No Steps for Granted: Hunter’s StoryBert Cannings Award – Best Television Newscast (Small/Medium Market)CTV Barrie: Highway 400 CrashBert Cannings Award – Best Television Newscast (Large Market)CTV Ottawa: Live in the Flood Zone: CTV Ottawa SpecialHugh Haugland Award – Excellence in VideoCTV Ottawa: Sweet Canadiana, The Untold Story of Oscar Peterson’s World Famous “Canadiana Suite”Feature Sports Reporting AwardCTV Kitchener: On the Roster, Field of DreamsRegional Awards: Prairie Region (Awarded April 22, 2018, Regina)Gord Sinclair Award – News-Live Special EventsCTV Calgary: Civic Election 2017Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Small/Medium Market)CTV Regina: Harvesting Hope: The Brothers of the BursaryTrina McQueen Award – Best Television News Information ProgramCTV Regina: INDIGENOUS CIRCLEFeature Sports Reporting AwardCTV Edmonton: Ryder SoccerRegional Awards: BC Region (Awarded April 22, 2018, Vancouver)Digital Media Award (Small/Medium Market)CTV Vancouver Island: B.C. Election 2017Charlie Edwards Award – Breaking NewsCTV Vancouver: B.C. Forest FiresRon Laidlaw Award – Continuing CoverageCTV Vancouver Island: Parkinson’s DrugGord Sinclair Award – News-Live Special EventsCTV Vancouver: Election 2017Sam Ross Award – Opinion and CommentaryCTV Vancouver: Officer Down, The Last Word With Mike McCardellDave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Small/Medium Market)CTV Vancouver Island: Biggest Little FanDave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Large Market)CTV Vancouver: Keeper of the FlagBert Cannings Award – Best Television Newscast (Small/Medium Market)CTV Vancouver Island – CTV NEWS AT SIXBert Cannings Award – Best Television Newscast (Large Market)CTV Vancouver – CTV NEWS AT SIXHugh Haugland Award – Excellence in VideoCTV Vancouver: One-Handed ShooterFeature Sports Reporting AwardCTV Vancouver Island: The Long ShotsRegional Awards: Atlantic Region (Awarded April 22, 2018, Dartmouth)Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature (Small/Medium Market)CTV Atlantic: Mystery & Murder: The Last Public Execution in HalifaxTrina McQueen Award – Best Television News Information ProgramCTV Atlantic: Grand Adventure in Grand Pre: Celebrating a 400-Year FriendshipBert Cannings Award – Best Television Newscast (Small/Medium Market)CTV Atlantic: Battling the Blizzard: Weather Bomb Blankets the MaritimesSocial Media links Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement @CTVNationalNews @CTVNews CTV News CTVAbout RTDNARTDNA Canada is the voice of electronic and digital journalists and news managers in Canada. The members of RTDNA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions and ideas. The RTDNA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.About Bell Media RadioBell Media Radio is Canada’s top-ranked radio broadcaster, with 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across Canada, including Virgin Radio, Canada’s #1 ranked contemporary hit radio network, along with top brands TSN, ÉNERGIE, CHUM FM, Rouge fm, and QMFM. Bell Media Radio stations are all part of iHeartRadio Canada, the company’s best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand. Recognizing the diversity of each market it serves, Bell Media Radio has a strong reputation for providing exemplary service to these communities and is a leader in innovative programming. In addition to music, news, weather, and sports, listeners also tune in for information on local politics, events, entertainment, and other community issues. Across Canada, Bell Media Radio is the largest radio provider and is ranked first in people reached and hours tuned.About CTV NewsCTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally, and has a network of national, international, and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN Bloomberg, CP24, and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, W5, POWER PLAY, and QUESTION PERIOD. 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Denise Gough So I attended a TIFF Party! To help those who couldn’t make it feel like they were there, I completed this comprehensive post-party questionnaire.What was the party for?It was the official post-premiere party for Colette, the Keira Knightley-starrer about Belle Epoque-era feminist writer (and Nobel Prize nominee) known simply as Colette. Dominic West plays her husband, Willy, who took credit for the first four novels she wrote. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Ray Panthaki and Jake Graf What brands were present as partners?Soho House and Grey Goose.Which celebrities were supposed to be in attendance?Keira Knightley and Dominic West.Which celebs did you actually spot?Keira Knightley, Dominic West, and the rest of the cast from the film—Denise Gough, Ray Panthaki and Jake Graf. Also spotted: Colette director Wash Westmoreland and TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE PARTYAll photos by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Dominic West and Keira Knightley Dominic West, Denise Gough, Jake Graf and Ray Panthanki Advertisement Describe the general vibe.Elegant, grown-up cocktail party, mostly thanks to the playlist of jazz and old-school hits like Fever, Luck Be a Lady and That’s Amore.Food? Cocktails?Soho House’s famous wood-fired pizza plus juicy meatballs and fried chicken bites. Grey Goose’s film-inspired cocktails did the rounds, the one with popcorn-flavoured syrup seemingly a crowd favourite.Best dressed? The dude in a cropped leather jacket and embroidered gown with flowing train. Major props to him for not yelling at all the people who stepped on it over the course of the night.Please repeat one conversation you overheard.“Still no Keira, eh?” (Keira, in fact, was one of the first people to arrive at the party, where she proceeded to plop on to a sofa in the corner where clearly no one could spot her.)If you had to title the party as if it were a film, what would it be called?Has Anyone Seen Keira?By Pahull Bains Twitter Cameron Bailey, Keira Knightley, Andrew Karpen and Wash Westmoreland Keira Knightley Cameron Bailey, Keira Knightley, Andrew Karpen and Wash Westmoreland Advertisement
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Complete list of winners at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, presented Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:Best Motion Picture – DramaBlack PantherBlacKkKlansman** WINNER: Bohemian RhapsodyIf Beale Street Could TalkA Star Is Born Advertisement Advertisement Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyCrazy Rich AsiansThe Favourite** WINNER: Green BookMary Poppins ReturnsViceBest Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyEmily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns** WINNER: Olivia Colman, The FavouriteElsie Fisher, Eight GradeCharlize Theron, TullyConstance Wu, Crazy Rich AsiansBest Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy** WINNER: Christian Bale, ViceLin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins ReturnsViggo Mortensen, Green BookRobert Redford, The Old Man & the GunJohn C. 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APTN National NewsLake St. Martin First Nation was swept away in the 2011 spring floods. The buildings were wiped out, and all of the community members were evacuated.A new, temporary village is being built while the people of Lake St. Martin wait in hotels in Winnipeg. But they say their stay is becoming uncomfortable.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out why.